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The Skinny - Game 61: Columbus 7, Isles 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Blue Jackets game

by Eric Hornic @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 61
Columbus 7, Isles 0

Nick Foligno and Josh Anderson each scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped the Islanders' three game winning streak with a 7-0 win before a sellout crowd of 18,183 at Nationwide Arena.

The loss drops the Isles out of a playoff spot (tied in points with Boston, but losing the ROW tie-breaker).

The Scoring:

1ST PERIOD

05:19   Columbus        Jack Johnson (3) ASST: David Savard (12), Markus Hannikainen (1)   0-1

12:21   Columbus        Boone Jenner (12) ASST: Cam Atkinson (24), Brandon Dubinsky (22) 0-2

18:17   Columbus        Nick Foligno (21) ASST: Alexander Wennberg (39), Brandon Saad (24)         0-3

2ND PERIOD

04:31   Columbus        Josh Anderson (12) ASST: Boone Jenner (11), William Karlsson (16) 0-4

17:44   Columbus        Josh Anderson (13)      0-5

3RD PERIOD

06:06   Columbus        Nick Foligno (22) ASST: David Savard (13), Alexander Wennberg (40)           0-6

13:30   Columbus        David Savard (3) ASST: Sam Gagner (21), Brandon Saad (25)           0-7

The Skinny:

The Isles fall to 12-5-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight …Since opening the season 6-10-4, Isles are 23-12-6 in their last 41 games…The Isles had three different three game winning streaks since mid-January but have not been able to extend any of them to four games…Jack Johnson's goal ended an Islander/Thomas Greiss shutout streak at 105:20…Columbus scored 7 goals vs. the Isles for the 2nd time in their history.

Thankfully These Don't Happen That Often

It's only the 5th time in Islander history that they have been shutout by a score of 7-0 or worse. 

Lots of +'s and -'s

All 7 Blue Jacket goals were at even-strength. Stephen Gionta (13:39) was the only Islander not on-ice for at least one Columbus goal. Nick Leddy went -4.   Two Blue Jackets: Jack Johnson and David Savard both went +5. They are the first teammates to go +5 against the Isles since March 17, 2007 when three Florida Panthers (Mike van Ryan, Ruslan Salei and Olli Jokinen did so) …Columbus finished with 45 shots; it was their most ever in a game against the Isles.

Playoff Chase:

Metropolitan GP PTS
  1. Washington
61 89
  1. Pittsburgh
60 84
  1. NY Rangers
61 82

 

Atlantic

GP

PTS

  1. Montréal
62 74
  1. Ottawa
59 70
  1. Toronto
61 69

 

Wild Card

GP

PTS

  1. Columbus
59 81
  1. Boston
61 68
  1. ISLANDERS
61 68
  1. NY Islanders
60 66
  1. Philadelphia
61 63
  1. Tampa Bay
60 62
  1. Buffalo
61 62
  1. New Jersey
61 61
  1. Carolina
57 58
  1. Detroit
60 58

The Bruins are currently seeded ahead of the Isles, based on the ROW tie-breaker.

Last 30

The Isles are now 18-8-4 in their last 30 games (since December 20th vs. Boston). In those games, the PP is 17-88(19.3%) and the penalty kill is 12-71 (83.0%).  

#1 is #1 (aka The Greiss is Right)

Thomas Greiss has started 22 of the last 26 games (12-7-3 with three shutouts) and 24 of the last 31 games (14-7-3 with three shutouts). He has allowed two goals or less in 17 of his last 24 games.

Weight-Lifted (Isles leading scorers since 1/19)

 

 

Games

Goals

Assists

Points

+/-

1

John Tavares

18

7

13

20

+7

2

Anders Lee

17

8

8

16

+2

3

Josh Bailey

18

6

8

14

+5

4

Ryan Strome

18

5

6

11

-1

 

Brock Nelson

18

4

7

11

-1

 

Nick Leddy

18

2

9

11

+3

7

Andrew Ladd

15

8

2

10

0

8

Jason Chimera

18

7

1

8

+2

The Long Road Ahead

The Isles are playing 17 of their final 24 on the road, including nine consecutive road games for the first time in their history. The Isles are 2-1-0 in this stretch:

  • 2/21 at Red Wings (Won 3-1)
  • 2/23 at Canadiens (Won 3-0)
  • 2/25 at Blue Jackets (Lost 0-7)
  • 3/2 at Stars
  • 3/3 at Blackhawks
  • 3/5 at Flames
  • 3/7 at Oilers
  • 3/9 at Canucks
  • 3/11 at Blues

Home is Where the Heart Is

The Isles have earned points in their last 11 home games (9-0-2). It's their longest point streak at home in the post-Cup era. The last time the Isles had a longer streak was in 1982; the Isles ended the 1981-82 season with a 23-game unbeaten streak (21-0-2). That streak began on January 2, 1982 and was extended to 30 games over two seasons (28-0-2).

The last time that the Isles had a point streak of at least ten home games in a single season was in 1989-90, when they also earned points in ten straight games (12/16/1989 - 1/28/1990). 

Longest Point Streaks in Post -Cup Era

11 - CURRENT (9-0-2)

10 - 12/16/89-01/28/90 (9-0-1)

10 - 3/24/13-10/17/13 (7-0-3 - Multi-season Streak)

The Shots

Isles             9-10-5=24

Columbus 17-16-12=45

The Isles are 14-7-4 when they outshoot their opponents and 3-2-0 when the shots are even but are 12-14-5 when they are outshot.

Home and Road

The Islanders are 29-22-10 overall; 20-8-6 at home and 9-14-4 on the road. 

Columbus is 38-16-5 overall; 22-9-1 at home and 16-7-4 on the road.  

By Division & Conference

The Isles are 9-8-4 in Division games and 20-14-6 in games versus other divisions (9-9-3 vs. Atlantic, 5-2-1 vs. Central and 6-3-2 vs. Pacific).   The Isles are 18-17-7 against the East and 11-5-3 against the West.

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 14 saves before replaced after the first intermission. Greiss falls to 20-12-3 on the season and 5-4-2 in his career against Columbus. JF Berube stopped 24 of 28 in relief.

Joonas Korpisalo made 24 saves and improves to 5-1-0 on the season and 1-0-1 in his career against the Isles. It was his first career shutout.

Power Plays

The Isles did not have a power play, while Columbus was 0-2.

The Isles are 13-6-6 when they score at least one power play goal and 16-16-4 when they do not. The Isles are 11-11-5 when they allow at least one power play goal and 18-11-5 when they do not.   

Three is a Magic Number

The Isles are 28-5-3 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 1-17-7 when they do not. 

One Goal Games

The Isles are 8-8-10 in games decided by a single goal including 4-8-0 in regulation. They are 3-7 in games decided in overtime and are 1-3 in shootouts. The Isles are 4-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game (including one game that they allowed a goal after scoring an empty-netter).

First Goal

The Isles are 20-6-6 when they score first and are 9-16-4 when they allow the opening goal.

Back-to-Backs

The Isles are 4-6-1 on the front-end of back-to-backs and 4-3-4 on the back-end. 

The Isles will play 16 sets of back-to-backs this season. The next back-to-back set is March 2nd in Dallas and March 3rd in Chicago.

Tired vs. Rested

  • The Isles are 3-1-3 when both teams played the night before.
  • The Isles are 5-3-2 when they are rested and their opponents are not.
  • The Isles are 1-2-1 when their opponents are rested and the Isles are not.
  • The Isles are 20-16-4 when both teams are rested.

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Dennis Seidenberg (22:26); Columbus: David Savard (22:35)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Travis Hamonic (5-0-0), Nick Leddy (13-16-8), John Tavares (2-1-0), Johnny Boychuk (6-4-1), Dennis Seidenberg (1-1-1), Calvin de Haan (1-0-0), Tied (1-0-0).

John Tavares led the Isles forwards with 19:31 of ice-time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: John Tavares (22-14-8), Josh Bailey (4-5-2), Casey Cizikas (1-0-0), Cal Clutterbuck (0-1-0), Brock Nelson (1-2-0), Shane Prince (1-0-0).

Face-offs

Isles 26, Columbus 25 (51%). 

Bracken Kearns won 7 of 11 for the Isles; Sam Gagner won 8 of 12 for Columbus.

Face-offs by period: 1st period- 8/15; 2nd period 14/24; 3rd period 4/12

Face-offs by strength: Even strength: 25/48; Power play 0/0; Penalty kill 1/3.

Hit Count

Isles 14, Columbus 16. Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with three hits; Boone Jenner had 4 for Columbus.

Fights

There were no fights. Season total - 11: (Hamonic 3, Mayfield 2, Strome 2, Boychuk 1, Chimera 1, deHaan 1, Hickey 1).

Blocked Shots

The Isles were credited with 16 blocked shots; Johnny Boychuk led the Isles with five hits.

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 44, Columbus 71

5-on-5 Isles 43, Columbus 65

5-on-5 leaders:

Isles: John Tavares +5; John Tavares 57%

Columbus: Jack Johnson +15

Ironmen

Jason Chimera - 167 (including 106 for the Capitals); Josh Bailey 128, Brock Nelson 75, Calvin deHaan 64, John Tavares 61

Scratches

Adam Pelech, Cal Clutterbuck (injured),

Injured Reserve: Travis Hamonic, Casey Cizikas, Shane Prince

Total games lost: 120

All-time Islander Leader Boards:

Games Played (skaters)

1. Bryan Trottier 1123 *** 2. Denis Potvin 1060 *** 3. Bob Nystrom 900

10. Billy Harris 623 *** 11. Stefan Persson 622 *** 12. Josh Bailey 618

15 Garry Howatt 596 *** 16. John Tonelli 594 *** 17. John Tavares 571

Goals

1. Mike Bossy 573 *** 2. Bryan Trottier 500 *** 3. Denis Potvin 310

7. Bob Bourne 238 *** 8. Bob Nystrom 235 **** 9. John Tavares 230

25. Ray Ferraro 116 *** 26. Ed Westfall, Benoit Hogue and Josh Bailey 105

Assists

1. Bryan Trottier 853 *** 2. Denis Potvin 742 *** 3. Mike Bossy 553

8. Stefan Persson 317 *** 9. Bob Bourne 304 *** 10. John Tavares 293

16. Frans Nielson and Kyle Okposo 230 *** 18. Pierre Turgeon 193 *** 19. Josh Bailey 188

Points

1. Bryan Trottier 1353 *** 2. Mike Bossy 1126 *** 3. Denis Potvin 1052

6. Pat LaFontaine 566 *** 7. John Tonelli 544 *** 8. Bob Bourne 542 *** 9.  John Tavares 5231

19. Ziggy Palffy 331 *** 20. Mariusz Czerkawski 295 *** 21. Josh Bailey 293

Late Heroes

The Isles have scored three times in the final two minutes of regulation to either tie or win a game:

  • 11/25 - SJ Sharks -- Nick Leddy (19:02); tied game, but Isles lost in regulation
  • 11/30 - Pit Penguins - Anders Lee (19:33); Game Winning goal
  • 2/6 - Tor Maple Leafs - Andrew Ladd (18:31); Isles won in overtime

Fit to Be Tied

The Isles have allowed the final goal of regulation in 10 of their 14 games that have gone to overtime this season, including three in the final minute:

  • 10/16 - Ana Ducks - Ryan Getzlaf (19:00); Isles won in OT
  • 11/3 - Phi Flyers - Jakob Voracek (19:02/PP); Flyers won in SO
  • 11/12 - Fla Panthers - Jonathan Marchessault (19:46); Panthers won in OT

Late Losses

The Isles have been tied in the third period in 12 of their 22 regulation losses (and 22 of their 32overall losses) but have allowed the lead goal in the final 3 minutes of regulation seven times (including one game they rallied to win):

  • 10/18 - SJ Sharks - Joe Pavelski (17:49)
  • 10/26 - Mtl Canadiens - Shea Weber (17:03)
  • 10/27 - Pit Penguins - Sidney Crosby (17:35)
  • 11/23 - LA Kings - Dwight King (17:07)
  • 11/25 - SJ Sharks - Patrick Marleau (19:37)
  • 2/3 - Det Red Wings - Danny DeKeyser (19:32)
  • 2/6 - Tor Maple Leafs - Michael Nylander (17:59) (Isles won game in OT)

Season Series Stats

Columbus leads the season series two games to one (and four points to two). The final meeting will be in Brooklyn on March 18th.

The Isles were outscored 11-0 in the last 4 periods in Columbus. Those are the only two Isles regulation losses in the last 12 games against Columbus (8-2-2)

On The Farm

Bridgeport was swept in a home-and-home series with Providence, losing 2-1 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday. The Sound Tigers, who had gone 15-1-0-0 in their prior 16 games, fell to 33-18-1-1 on the season.

Andrew Rowe scored Bridgeport's only goal on Friday; Tanner Fritz, Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang scored on Saturday.

Bracken Kearns, on recall to the Isles, leads the Sound Tigers in goals (18) and points (18-22-40). Steve Bernier (inured) leads the players on the current roster with 14 goals while Joshua Ho-Sang leads the current roster with 35 points and also lead the team with 25 assists. Ryan Pulock leads the defense with 10 goals (10-16-26 in only 32 games) while Jaroslav Halak leads the team in wins (13-2-2).

Bridgeport host Hershey at 3pm on Sunday.

Up Next

FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd -ISLANDERS AT DALLAS- 8:30PM
[MSG+2 (Isles Game Night begins at 8:00), WNYM 970AM, 88.7 WRHU-FM, 103.9 WRCN]

Following a few days at home to rest, the Isles begin the second part of this long road trip on Friday in Dallas. The remaining six games on the trip will be played in a 10-day span.

The Isles blanked the Stars 3-0 in Doug Weight's debut on January 19th. The Stars won the last meeting in Dallas by the same score last March 19th.

The Isles are 5-1-1 in their last 7 with Dallas and are 2-1-1 in their last four games in the Lone Star State.

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